In Reply to: True or False? posted by Tim on June 29, 1999 at 23:16:00:
I can't see there being any connection between wheel alignment and the points at which the lock bolt happens to engage the steering column. I don't think my e34 locks in the center and the alignment is perfect. The steering locks in numerous steering positions, the position of which have no significance.
: Should the steering wheel on my 92' 525 lock in the center position, after I remove the key from the ignition? This is, of course, if the front wheels are pointed straight. My car does not do this. Instead it locks either to the left or the right side. My car needed to be aligned and so I took it to the dealer for a four wheel alignment. When I asked my advisor about the steering wheel locking crooked, he said, "BMW 's do not always lock in the center position, sometimes they do but sometimes they don't, whats important is that the steering wheel locks. I know because I've been a mechanic for 14 years and never heard of the steering wheel having to lock in the center position." I get my car back tomorrow, but I would appreciate any information on this matter. All the BMW's I've ridden in have had the steering locked in the center position. Sorry for the long message.